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NFPA is the governing body which establishes regulations for the commercial fire industry. NFPA 96 includes the regulations for commercial kitchen owners and operators. Below are some regulations and a chart laying out how cleanings should be scheduled based on cooking patterns.

11.3 Inspection of Exhaust Systems

The entire exhaust shall be inspected by a properly trained, qualified, and CERTIFIED company or person (s) acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction in accordance with Table 11.3

Table 11.3 Exhaust System Inspection Schedule

Type or Volume of Cooking Frequency Frequency

Systems serving solid fuel cooking operations Monthly
Systems serving high-volume cooking operations such as 24-hour cooking, charbroiling, or wok cooking. Quarterly
Systems serving moderate-volume cooking operations. Semiannually
Systems serving low-volume cooking operations, such as churches, day camps, seasonal businesses, or senior centers. Annually

11.4 Cleaning of Exhaust Systems

Upon inspection, if found to be contaminated with deposits from grease-laden vapors, the entire exhaust system shall be cleaned by a properly trained, qualified, andĀ CERTIFIEDĀ individual acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction in accordance with Section 11.3.


Hoods, grease removal devices, fans, ducts, and other appurtenances shall be cleaned to bare metal prior to surfaces becoming heavily contaminated with grease or oily sludge.


Per Standard NFPA 17A Guidelines

Semi-annual service & maintenance of kitchen fire suppression system to include (if applicable):

  • Inspect cylinder(s) for proper pressure, extinguisher agent, and 6-year and/or hydrostatic test dates.
  • Test firing of system(s) using manual activation (pull station).
  • Test firing of system(s) using automatic activation (link line).
  • Inspection, cleaning, and/or replacement of fusible links(s).
  • Gas and/or electric appliance shut-down.
  • Micro switch(s) alarm and shunt trip activation.
  • Weigh and/or replacement of system(s) cartridge(s).
  • Visual inspection of discharge piping & nozzles, conduit & pulleys.
  • Hazard and U.L. 300 compliance inspection.
  • Service interval tag installed on system & pull station
  • A detailed system report provided to City to meet code requirements or kept oon file and available on request.

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